ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Dumb Blood’ by VANT 

The indie frontman has been an interesting case study recently, mostly because nearly all of them can be deposited into one of two camps – the wannabe edgy ‘icon’ (Matty Healy) and the arrogant, dickhead rockstar whose personality is outright ignored by legions of followers (pretty much everyone else). It’s strange that for a movement … More ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Dumb Blood’ by VANT 

ALBUM REVIEW: ‘The Long Road Home’ by Danny Worsnop 

As most people who’ve been following the Asking Alexandria / Danny Worsnop debacle will be able to attest, it would be a miracle if the whole thing wasn’t meticulously planned from the off. For anyone who’s unaware, here’s a potted history of the whole ordeal – Worsnop leaves the band in early 2015 to focus … More ALBUM REVIEW: ‘The Long Road Home’ by Danny Worsnop 

LIVE REVIEW: Taking Back Sunday @ The Ritz, Manchester – 15th February 2017

While landmark album Tell All Your Friends should have propelled Taking Back Sunday to legendary status, intra-band disagreements of old and patchy releases of late seem to have stunted any chances of getting back to those early 2000s heights. Still, they are adored for both their untouchable days and strong, more recent collection of singles … More LIVE REVIEW: Taking Back Sunday @ The Ritz, Manchester – 15th February 2017

EP REVIEW: ‘In Sickness & Health’ by Acres

There’s a point to boiling things down to the absolute basics, especially in a genre like emotional hardcore. As a genre characterised by what’s being said and the intensity which which it’s being said, the inclusion of superfluous bells and whistles can often seem pointless if everything else isn’t up to scratch. On the other … More EP REVIEW: ‘In Sickness & Health’ by Acres

ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Human’ by Rag’n’Bone Man

As strange as it is to admit, the UK charts are actually fairly interesting right now. For the most part, the onslaught of one-off novelties and talent show chaff has been consigned to the history books, replaced by genuinely talented acts making headway naturally. And still riding high in the Top 10 at the time … More ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Human’ by Rag’n’Bone Man

LIVE REVIEW: Two Door Cinema Club @ Guild Of Students, Liverpool – 2nd February 2017

The ‘difficult second album’ is a phenomenon all too familiar to both bands and fans, and it carries more weight than ever in this NME-driven flavour of the month-type musical landscape. More fickle music fans are usually quick to label Two Door Cinema Club as victims to this curse after second full-length Beacon didn’t quite … More LIVE REVIEW: Two Door Cinema Club @ Guild Of Students, Liverpool – 2nd February 2017

ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Dream Underground’ by Piano Wire

Chances are you haven’t thought about The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster in some time, and no one would really blame you. They were very much a band out of the musical loop in the early-to-mid-2000s peak, peddling an indie-psychobilly mashup while rock’s top players stuck to big, quintessentially British post-hardcore. It’s also unlikely that Piano … More ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Dream Underground’ by Piano Wire

EP REVIEW: ‘The Mould You Build Yourself Around’ by Homebound

Pop-punk isn’t a zero-sum game; bands can get noticed even if what they’re doing isn’t earth-shatteringly original. Just look at Neck Deep, whose sound essentially boils down to one part New Found Glory, one part The Story So Far, and yet have become the most successful example of the genre the UK has ever produced. … More EP REVIEW: ‘The Mould You Build Yourself Around’ by Homebound